Manor Moments

Cornwall Manor Employee Recognized for 40 Years of Service

September 2017

Tina Snook began as a Nursing Assistant at Cornwall Manor in 1977. Over the last forty years, she has also assumed various roles in physical therapy, restorative nursing care, transportation, clinic, central supply and activities.

Currently, Tina works as a part-time Activity Aide in the Health Center and as a causal call nursing assistant. “I love working with our residents,” says Tina. And her days working in activities can include daily devotions, arts and crafts, Turner Classic movies, food events, exercising, catching up on current events, playing games like bingo or cards, listening to music or attending programs. She also spends one-on-one time with residents doing nail care, popping-in to rooms to check on residents or just listening. Tina works in a different household each time she works. “I like to move around and I enjoy getting to interact with the residents and staff in all four households,” she states.

Tina’s younger sister, Trudy Stalnecker, is following closely in her big sister’s footsteps. Trudy marked her 37th year of service to Cornwall Manor this year as well. Trudy began in 1980 as a physical therapy and restorative aide before moving to her current position in medical records.

Tina has seen many changes and growth at Cornwall Manor over the last 40 years. Even four decades later, Tina doesn’t have just one memorable moment. “It was very memorable watching the new health center being built (2014-2016).”

Tina Snook in the Lebanon Daily News on October 21, 1979
From the Lebanon Daily News on October 21, 1979. Joseph Sebastian (front right) holds hands with his sister, Agnes Zsauri (front left). Standing behind them are Tina Snook, Pam Roth (middle) and Margaret Roth, Sebastian’s daughter.

And there was that time in October 1979 that she reunited two residents in the health center – a brother and sister that were separated for 20 years. Former residents Joseph Sebastian and Agnes Zsauri were both residing at Cornwall Manor and didn’t know the other sibling was there. It had been sometime in 1959 – 20 years – since they last saw each other. Tina was the staff person that put it altogether and reunited the two. “By caring for both of them, there were many similarities between the two,” says Tina. Oddly, Joseph’s granddaughter, 17-year-old Pam Roth also worked at Cornwall Manor (at the time) as a part-time hairdresser. Before the joyful reunion, Pam had never met her great aunt Agnes.

That is just one of many examples of the care and compassion that Tina and many other staff members provide to our residents. “I am grateful to work with good people. Everyone here works as a team and we all get along,” states Tina. However, all of us at Cornwall Manor are very thankful for Tina and the dedication she has provided to our residents, family members and colleagues over the last 40 years.